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Apr 17, 2006, 9:06 PM

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Some of the brass and vocal worlds’ most talented musicians will be participating in a special concert on Saturday 13th May 2006 to raise money for Brass Band Aid and to promote peace in our time. The event, entitled "A Time for Peace: A Musical Spectacular", will be a ground-breaking concert sponsored by Smith Watkins Brass.

The first half will feature the Optimum Brass Band, a one-off, specially invited group of some of the finest players in the UK, featuring a fusion of Salvationist, contesting and freelance players, from bands such as the Buy as you View, Fairey and International Staff Bands. The band will be performing a number of exciting items, and within this will be included a "Soloist Showcase".

This will feature the exceptional talents of Chris Turner (cornet and trumpet), Owen Farr (tenor horn), David Childs (euphonium) and Katrina Marzella (baritone). Also playing in the band will be newly-crowned BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Musician of the Year, Ben Thomson (tuba), world-class trumpeters Jerry Clack (soprano cornet) and Tom Rainer (cornet), and many other big names.

In the second half the band will be joined by members of Bromley Temple Songsters of The Salvation Army, together with guest vocalists from other London choirs, and Cameron Burns (organ), for a performance of "The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace", by Karl Jenkins, transcribed by Andrew Wainwright and Duncan Gibbs.

The vocal soloists for the Mass will be Louise Turner (soprano), Marjory Watson (alto), Matt Woods (tenor) and Mark Norwood (bass). This will be only the second performance of the transcription, which was premiered with great success last April.

The Musical Director for the evening will be Bandmaster Howard J. Evans.

The concert will be held at St Mark's Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 0TB, starting at 7.30pm.
For more information, visit the concert’s website at

Tickets are priced £15, £10, £8 and £7 (concessions, not available for £15 seats) and are available from Philip Wainwright on 07906 242 319, or by e-mailing

They will also be available on the door, but you are encouraged to pre-book to avoid disappointment. All proceeds go towards Brass Band Aid.


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